The Easters: A case study in psychopathy and ponerization
The constant anti-Russian hate propaganda that fills today’s airwaves gives us an unprecedented glimpse into the creation of history and the mindset of those in positions of power. One could be forgiven for tuning out all of the noise and blather, but it is still a fascinating look at how history is distorted even as it’s happening. And, thanks to an LA Times write-up, we have a perfect example that helps us understand the very nature of how the ‘game is played at the ‘common or garden’ level.
In August of 2016 the LA Times began publishing an incredibly vivid case study of psychopathy named FRAMED: She was the PTA mom everyone knew. Who would want to harm her? It is certainly must-read material for people interested in the subject of psychopathy, and it is made even more valuable due to the fact that the journalist who wrote the story is apparently unaware of the subject.
The Easter case study
The story begins with the background of Kelli Peters, a popular PTA president who had worked into the position through volunteering countless hours in after-school care-giving activities. She was popular, loved by the community, and especially loved by the children.
Having spent years living and working in the peaceful city of Irvine, California, Kelli was ill-prepared when an otherwise normal day was interrupted by a surprise visit from a police officer. Kelli was initially puzzled but grew more concerned as the officer asked to search her car. When the officer came back with a ‘Ziploc bag of marijuana, 17 grams worth, plus a ceramic pot pipe and two smaller EZY Dose Pill Pouch baggies, one with 11 Percocet pills, another with 29 Vicodin’, she was horrified, but she knew the drugs weren’t hers. In shock, she begged the officer to believe her.
Luckily for her the cop smelled a rat. The drugs were badly hidden, the anonymous individual who called in the ‘tip’ had a suspiciously bad Indian accent. Kelli herself was an extremely sympathetic person and when the officer asked more penetrating questions, searched her house and found no evidence of drug use, he simply let her go. But not before after asking her what was really going on. She replied that she had an enemy – Jill Easter. This is where things get interesting.
Kent and Jill Easter were both upper-class lawyers and the parents of a young boy in one of Kelli’s after-school classes. One afternoon their boy was left outside briefly following a short tennis class. Kelli was in charge of rounding the boys up and, when Jill found her son slightly upset, she demanded to know what had happened. Kelli replied that he had a tendency to be slow and take his time. Kelli apologized profusely for allowing him to be by himself for a matter of a few minutes. It was an unfortunate incident, and one that most normal people would easily let go. But for Jill it became an act of war.
Kent and Jill immediately began a hate campaign targeting Kelli, demanding her resignation, demanding police conduct an investigation, filing lawsuits and a restraining order claiming ‘Peters was “harassing and stalking myself and my 6-year-old son,” and had threatened to kill her.’ When they were met with indignation and laughed off by the community, they plotted in the shadows and, sloppily, framed Kelli for illicit drug use.
We have here an excellent case study into the mind of psychopathic deviants. There is the initial incident between two people – a misunderstanding, perhaps – that is nevertheless responded to with a programmed and vindictive campaign to destroy the ‘offender’. In this case, it was a type of pathological activism, with Kent and Jill showing no doubts whatsoever about their pathological ‘righteousness’. When laughed off by the community they took that as a sign not of the delusional nature of their belief about Kelli, but of their persecution, and plotted to ruin Kelli’s life. Most importantly, thanks to the relatively healthy mindset of the community around them, Kent and Jill were found guilty and now face justice.
But what if Kent and Jill weren’t caught? What if they had connections to local reporters who could run their version of events? What if they had access to professional criminals who weren’t so clumsy at framing their victim? And what if the community in which they lived was already on the verge of hysteria and therefore prone to believing their story (i.e. what if Kelli was a Muslim)? In such a scenario Kelli would likely have been found guilty for using drugs and a ‘trial by media’ firestorm would convince the community of that reality.
Another innocent person would have fallen victim to lies and ignorance.
In the 20th century we’ve seen history warped by spellbinders, who claim that overthrowing democratically elected governments in South America was to bring “freedom” to the people; that the bloody war in Vietnam was to end the spread of tyranny; that the assassination of strong African leaders like Lumumba was a great boon for democracy around the world. These same spellbinders and warmongering psychopaths denounced Kennedy for not starting a nuclear war with the Soviet Union over the Cuban Missile Crisis, for using negotiation instead of violence and bloodshed to settle ‘Cold War’ conflicts.
Comparing the Easter case study to the global stage today we see the same elements. When we examine the belief that Saddam Hussein was connected to 9/11, the idea that Vladimir Putin is trying to destroy American ‘democracy’, or that Assad is ‘barrel bombing’ his own people, we see a limitless psychopathic vindictiveness, one that gleefully demands the execution of people for the sake of the personal political and economic gain of a small group of ‘elite’. As former CIA Director Tom Morrell quipped on public television, the US is supposed to ‘kill Russians and Iranians to make them pay’. No doubt he feels convinced of his righteousness when he says it.
Comparisons to another innocent victim: Libya
In his book Destroying Libya and World Order: The Three-Decade U.S. Campaign to Reverse the Qaddafi Revolution, Francis A. Boyle recounts the numerous attempts made to invade Libya and murder Gaddafi since the Reagan administration. By provocatively placing US warships on Libyan territory, sanctioning Libyan officials, scare-mongering in the media and prohibiting travel to the country, the Reagan administration was bent on obliterating Gaddafi’s Green Revolution.
On April 6th, 1986, a series of bombs were detonated in a Berlin dance hall. The result was the deaths of US marines and the opportunity Reagan had been waiting for to strike Gaddafi. About a week later the US Air Force, having to bypass France due to pressure from French politicians, rained missiles down on Gaddafi’s house, murdering his adopted Palestinian child. There was no evidence that Libya was involved in the terrorist attack, let alone justification for murdering an innocent child in response. As was revealed decades later, the allegation against Libya over the Berlin bombing was false, another staged event to provide justification for murder in broad daylight.
Gaddafi survived that attempt, but the US was always going to try again. In 1988 there were the Lockerbie bombings, and once again Gaddafi was fingered as the man responsible for the attacks, despite massive evidence to the contrary:
- British MP: Lockerbie ‘evidence’ against Libyans was planted by CIA
- Leaked documents: Lockerbie evidence ‘was tampered with, destroyed and overlooked’
- BBC probe casts doubt on Lockerbie evidence
Fortunately for Gaddafi, Francis A. Boyle smelled a rat. A prominent international lawyer, Boyle effectively issued the international equivalent of a restraining order against the US. The night before US jets were poised to strike the country the motions were filed, and the US backed down. Clearly the international community had not yet lost its collective mind, and such a legal injunction was capable of working. As the decades went by it was clear that individuals within the US were ready to make sure such restraint would not work again.
By 2011, not only had Gaddafi survived repeated Western assaults, he had overseen a massive increase in the living standards and social rights of the Libyan population, including free health care, education, and women’s rights that included free childcare and payment for raising children. Gaddafi wanted to emancipate Africa from Western corporate and imperial interests. Libya, the most prosperous African democracy, was a beacon of freedom in an increasingly dark world. Something had to be done to crush him and the Libyan people.
Thanks to Bush and Blair’s evisceration of international law through the illegal invasion and destruction of Iraq, and with the full backing of NATO and a UN who seemed eager to believe their lies, Gaddafi was unable to find assistance from the international community. With Afghanistan and Iraq in rubble, ISIS-like lunatics – flush with Western intelligence agency-supplied cash and weapons – were ready and willing to overrun Libya. ‘Rebels’ invaded the country and brutally murdered Gaddafi and destroyed much of Libya. NATO warplanes deliberately destroyed Libya’s water production facilities, putting many lives at risk. With their gruesome task completed, the West’s jihadis were moved to Syria to begin the same process there.
To justify such barbarity, Western political psychopaths claimed that they had merely murdered another ‘evil dictator.’ Most of the world believed them.
Thus, Africa’s most prosperous democracy was butchered before the eyes of a cheering Western public. Western corporations enriched themselves through the establishment of massive mercenary companies and no-bid contracts in other ‘war-torn regions’. Billions of dollars were stolen from the Libyan people and then ‘disappeared’. The US continues bombing the nation to this day, claiming there is no end in sight to the conflict they deliberately started.
About the public murder of Gadaffi, Hillary Clinton exulted: ‘We came, we saw, he died’. This is the woman that may well become the next POTUS.
Many people who read the story of Jill and Kent’s unimaginable vindictiveness wonder ‘how could they do it?’ Outraged, local people in Irvine have demanded to know why two wealthy and educated parents would try and destroy the life of a beloved member of their community.
The answer is that there is a distinct subset of every class, every ethnic group, every country, that shares the mindset of people like Kent and Jill Easter. They are convinced of their own superiority, and will stop at no lengths to avenge any perceived ‘wrong-doing’ – however slight – committed against them.
According to Carl Frankenstein, the psychopath has no clear distinction between what is ‘not him’ and what ‘is him’. There is no real thing as a fact – what exists outside of his mind is also part of him. It has no independent existence. The psychopath is thus allowed the absolute freedom to ‘create his own reality’ precisely because there is no such thing as reality. As Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush administration said, and as quoted by New York Times Magazine writer Ron Suskind:
The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” … “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
Thus, we are told that Russia is responsible for the migrant crisis because they’re bombing terrorists in Syria – even though the crisis started before the Russian campaign and the results have been a safe return for many refugees. Syrian civilians being rescued from Aleppo constitutes a criminal act because NATO says so. Russia is hacking Hillary Clinton’s emails, because Hillary’s people and the US media say so. The result is a world based on deviant fairy tales with no substance, all sound and fury designed to con and manipulate the minds of as many people as possible, and distract them from the truth and a growing list of truly catastrophic issues besetting Western society.
As Lobaczewski wrote concerning the psychopath, “They learn to recognize each other in a crowd as early as childhood, and they develop an awareness of the existence of other individuals similar to them. They also become conscious of being different from the world of those other people surrounding them. They view us from a certain distance, like a para-specific variety.”
It is their lack of conscience and their sense of being ‘alien’ in the world of human bonds, of mutually satisfying relationships and ‘the simple things’, that bids psychopaths to actively create a parallel society in which they can serve their own interests without humanity’s moral judgments, and to constantly attempt to warp society into their own deviant image:
In the psychopath, a dream emerges like some Utopia of a “happy” world and a social system which does not reject them or force them to submit to laws and customs whose meaning is incomprehensible to them. They dream of a world in which their simple and radical way of experiencing and perceiving reality would dominate; where they would, of course, be assured safety and prosperity. In this Utopian dream, they imagine that those “others”, different, but also more technically skillful than they are, should be put to work to achieve this goal for the psychopaths and others of their kin. “We”, they say, “after all, will create a new government, one of justice”. They are prepared to fight and to suffer for the sake of such a brave new world, and also, of course, to inflict suffering upon others. Such a vision justifies killing people, whose suffering does not move them to compassion because “they” are not quite conspecific.1
But it is the health of the general society which determines whether or not a psychopath will remain a garden variety criminal, or serial killer, or rise to positions of power over millions. What is at the kernel of a ‘healthy society’? For our purposes this question is best answered in terms of common sense: the health of a society is directly related to the way in which members of that society view and respond to pathological deviants. As the first criterion of ponerogenesis states:
One phenomenon all ponerogenic groups and associations have in common is the fact that their members lose (or have already lost) the capacity to perceive pathological individuals as such, interpreting their behavior in fascinated, heroic, or melodramatic ways.2
Psychopaths learn the ins and outs of the average person’s psychology as if studying a separate species, and in large part they are. It is critical for their survival to do so, because their knowledge of what makes a normal human being ‘tick’ is what allows them to continue to prey on and exploit normal people. It is, therefore, critical for our survival that we understand the existence of psychopaths, their nature and methods, and denounce their version of reality for what it is – egregious lies in service to their need to ‘feed’ on the manipulation, exploitation, control, suffering and, yes, death, of normal human beings and perhaps our entire global society.
1. Andrew M. Lobaczewski, Political Ponerology, a Study on the Nature of Evil for Political Purposes (Red Pill Press, 2009), p. 158.
2. Ibid. p. 139.